Project COBRA: Call for Films
Jan13

Project COBRA: Call for Films

COBRA : A Critical Response is a five year project to internationally counter-map and creatively respond to the British Governments emergency committee COBRA. See http://cobra-res.info/ for more details. COBRA 1.3 Chapter Two –  Invitation for film and video responses.   We would like to invite you to contribute to our project COBRA 1.3 that will respond to the recent emergency meetings in Westminster by producing a DVD and book of artists’ moving image works and texts.   The British Governments emergency response committee COBRA met on the 6th December due to the ensuing storms and tidal surges.   In response to this meeting at Westminster our organization, COBRA: A Critical Response invited a first round of artists to respond in writing or with a piece of moving image, to either the subject of the meeting iethe winter storms or the existence of the COBRA committee itself.   So far responses include works by Nina Power, Chris Collier, Margaret Dickinson, Allison Ballard, Steven Connelly and John Jordan among others. These will be compiled in a DVD of artists moving image, with an accompanying book that will be launched with film screening, in London in mid-late February, 2014. The DVD and book is being produced by COBRA: A Critical Response and will be published by Pamphleteer Films.   As the storms and tidal surges continued over the last month, creating a much greater and extended impact, the COBRA committee reconvened most recently in Westminster on Saturday 11th Jan 2014.   For this reason we would like to include you in a second round of artistic responses to this event to recognise the extended nature of the emergency and subsequent COBRA meetings.   We would therefore like to invite you to contribute to this project by contributing a video work between 1 minutes and 9 minutes long by the 7th February, 2014. This may be an existing work you feel is well suited or a new work produced as a specific response. Any form will be accepted such as fiction, archival, documentary, performance documentation, animation, phone video, etc. This may be submitted via a digital format to cobra.res@gmail.com or as a hard copy (please contact for postal address).   COBRA: A Critical Response is a five-year project investigating the relationship, and use, of aesthetics and performative means for political power within emergency politics.       Contributors who have so far submitted and those invited.   COBRA 1.3   BOOK   Nina Power (lead essay/foreword) Chris Collier Nicholas Hausdorf John Jordan Samuel Stevens Theo Price   DVD   Chapter One    Margaret Dickinson Allison Ballard Stephen Connolly John Jordan Zoe Young Samuel Stevens Theo Price Kamal Prashar   Chapter Two    ***NEW SUBMISSION***    Invited filmmakers...

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BRFF 2014: Call for Films
Dec01

BRFF 2014: Call for Films

Bristol Radical Film Festival 2014: Call for Films From the 3rd to the 9th of March 2014 the Bristol Radical Film Festival returns with another packed programme of oppositional documentary and fiction film from around the world. Opening at The Cube Microplex, Bristol’s volunteer-run not-for-profit cinema, the festival tours a variety of progressive, community-based spaces before culminating in a weekend of screenings, talks, workshops and debates at The Arc, a four-storey community centre in the heart of the city dedicated to activism and social change. Once again the festival will feature a dedicated competition strand of short filmmaking, and is seeking contributions from individuals and collectives in the UK and further afield:  Submission is free and open to all.  Running-times must not exceed 15 minutes.  The deadline for submissions is December 31st 2013. Please bear in mind that while this is an overtly political film festival, our definition of ‘radical’ is an open one: we are interested in films radical in topic, content, form (or all of the above). Contributors should upload their films to a video-sharing or file-transfer site and send the link to bristolradicalfilmfestival@gmail.com. If you’re unsure of how to submit your film, send us an email and we can guide you through the process. We will let you know if your film has been chosen in early...

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BRFF 2014: Press Release
Dec01

BRFF 2014: Press Release

Bristol Radical Film Festival, 3rd – 9th March 2014 From the 3rd to the 9th of March 2014 the Bristol Radical Film Festival returns with another packed programme of overtly political documentary and fiction film from around the world. From historical classics to contemporary video-activism, short films and feature productions, we show the films that the multiplexes won’t, in the time-honoured tradition of using cinema as a tool to educate, agitate and organise for change. Highlights of BRFF 2014 include an evening with Mania Akbari (Ten, 20 Fingers), the Iranian painter, actress and filmmaker who will be introducing the English premiere of her latest film, From Tehran to London; the British premiere and directors’ Q+A of On the Art of War, Luca Bellino and Silvia Luzi’s award-winning investigation of anarcho-syndicalist theory and practice in Italy; and a screening and director Q+A of The Happy Lands, Theatre Workshop Scotland’s epic account of the 1926 General Strike, when millions of workers across the country downed tools to fight back against the savage austerity cuts of an earlier Liberal-Conservative government. We’ve also got rare films from the Spanish civil war; the Cambodian documentary Enemies of the People – which set the precedent for Joshua Oppenheimer’s remarkable work, The Act of Killing – live-scores to classic works of Soviet cinema, bicycle-powered screenings, video-activist workshops and more… This year the festival opens at The Cube Microplex, Bristol’s entirely volunteer-run and not-for-profit cinema, and once again tours a selection of the city’s progressive, community-based venues before culminating in a weekend of screenings, talks, workshops and debates at The Arc, a four-storey social centre in the heart of the city dedicated to activism and social change. Tickets Tickets will be available from our website soon. For the opening night at The Cube tickets cost £5/4 (though no one will be turned away for lack of funds). Events from Tuesday to Thursday are free with donation. Weekend events at The Arc are priced as follows (though no one will be turned away for lack of funds and asylum seekers can come for free): £25 full weekend pass £10 day pass £4 session pass About The Bristol Radical Film Festival was founded in 2011 to showcase contemporary and historical works of overtly political left-wing documentary and fiction filmmaking. Emerging from the work of students and staff in the Film team at the University of the West of England (UWE), the festival aimed to provide a platform for what might be called ‘the political avant-garde’: an explicitly partisan and committed kind of filmmaking in which aesthetic innovation is subordinate to the communication of political ideas. As well as reclaiming...

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Dialectical Films @ the Oxford Documentary Society
Oct19

Dialectical Films @ the Oxford Documentary Society

This Friday (25th October) Dialectical Films heads to Oxford for an event jointly organised by the Oxford Documentary Society and the Tim Hetherington Society. Focusing on the question of whether “documentary can change the world” the panel discussion will be chaired by Frank Macpherson, president of the Oxford Documentary Society, and include contributions from Joram ten Brink, producer of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing (2012), and Iranian documentarist, Mania Akbari, whose films include 20 Fingers (2004) and In My Country Men Have Breasts (2012). As a representative of the Bristol Radical Film Festival my contribution will focus on the artistic interventions into public space which the festival carries out, and how these interventions are conducive with a counter hegemonic cultural production, the strength of which lies in its radicalism and ability to open up spaces for critical engagement. I will argue that documentary does indeed have the power to “change the world” if, and only if, it consistently intervenes in public space on a politically radical level. Finally, I would like to thank the Oxford Documentary Society for giving us the chance to speak alongside such amazing people. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQySYhfSrCU&w=420&h=315]  ...

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Bristol Radical Film Festival – September Events
Aug18

Bristol Radical Film Festival – September Events

As part of BRFF’s plan to move beyond the restrictions of a single annual festival, we have been working in conjunction with a number of venues and groups to plan a series of film-events that will take place throughout the month of September. The anti-fracking protests going on in Balcombe have been subjected to the usual mainstream distortions. On September 2nd BRFF and Bristol Indymedia present Get the Frack Out of Somerset (25 mins) produced by independent film maker Marco Jackson in collaboration with local campaign coalition, Frack Free Somerset. The film looks at the potential impact of a controversial method of extracting gas called hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and coal bed methane extraction in Somerset with the social, health and environmental consequences associated with these methods of unconventional energy resource extraction. With the majority of Somerset covered by licenses sold by the Government for drilling, it sets the scene for community resistance to defend local villages from becoming gasfields. This event takes place at The Cube Microplex. Second, for those of you after some old-school revolutionary propaganda, an outdoor screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925, 75 mins) will be held on Bristol’s Christmas Steps on Thursday September 5th. This acclaimed film follows a selection of cinematic wonders bought to you by Geneva Stop, the artist-run facility for ciné filmmakers and enthusiasts based at the top of the Steps. The rarity of this event should be stressed, as the film will be screened with a live musical accompaniment. It is free, and everyone is welcome. Finally (for now at least) we mark the 40th anniversary of the military coup that took place in Chile on 11th September 1973, heralding the installation of General Pinochet and the murder of over 30’000 people, with the backing of the U.S. and U.K. governments. For this event we have teamed up with ‘Chile 40 Years On’, a network of exiled Chileans coordinating commemorative events across the UK in association with the UK Chilean Solidarity Campaign. We will be introducing a (very) rare screening of La Spirale (1974) a documentary written by Chris Marker and directed by Armand Mattelart, Jacqueline Meppiel and Valerie Mayoux. This event will take place on Wednesday 11th September at the Arc Bar, Bristol. As usual you can check the Bristol Radical Film Festival website for more details on these events, and to stay in the loop regarding further events....

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Dialectial Films @ Marxism 2013
Jul10

Dialectial Films @ Marxism 2013

This weekend Dialectical Films heads to Marxism 2013, an annual conference held in London, not only to continue shooting our latest film, Clive of India, but also as a representative of the Bristol Radical Film Festival (BRFF). As well as conducting interviews with education activists, teachers, historians, trade unionists and former poet laureates, as part of the BRFF we will be hosting a series of screenings + discussion, covering a range of issues from neo-colonialism to the situation in Greece and the black civil rights movement. We open this Friday (12th) with the film that brought the idea of a revolutionary Third Cinema into the foreground of artistic and political circles. Solanas and Getino’s The Hour of the Furnaces (1969), is as much a film that stands outside the system of bourgeois cultural production as it is a cool but raging attack on U.S. imperialism. For the following Saturday we hand over to radical news organisation, Reel News, who present us with a series of their recently completed films covering Spain, Greece, and, closer to home, the blacklisting of workers instigated by the multi-millionaire bosses of UK building firms. Never mind the mainstream, catch up on some proper news coverage with these guys, and get involved in the following discussion. Finally, for Sunday we present a double screening on the subject of the Black Panther Party. William Klein’s 1970 film Eldridge Cleaver: Black Panther, follows the minister of information for the Black Panthers as he travels to Algeria and ponders his fate as a black militant being pursued by the U.S. authorities. This is followed by Hugo Levien’s Who Are The Angola 3, a look at the situation of three Black Panthers jailed for a crime they didn’t commit, and continuing the struggle for black freedom in North America. The film is followed by a Q and A discussion with the director. It looks set to be a weekend filled with politically radical film, in both a theoretical and practical sense. Come along and see how cinema resists the imposition of neo-liberalism through a fusion of art and...

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